Drying Tips for Water Damage

If there’s a flood or leak in your home you need to act quickly to try and repair or restore items that have been damaged by water. There will be things that are permanently damaged, but you should sift through what can be saved.

Your carpet is a big target for water leaks. Determine whether or not the water from the leak or flood is coming from sanitary water, which comes from pipes or rain, or if it’s unsanitary water that comes from toilets, underground or sewage. Black or murky water that floods onto your carpets means that you should get rid of the carpet, as well as the carpet padding. Water damage can bring up serious health hazards even if it’s sanitary water, because moisture allows mold and bacteria to thrive.

D.Y.I Process for drying water-damaged areas:

  1. Move the furniture away from the water-damaged area.

  2. Disinfect the area that has been damaged by water. Mix about 3 tablespoons of bleach with a gallon of water and scrub the cleaning solution to the wet areas.

  3. Make sure the room is ventilated very well.

  4. Switch out the carpet padding. Reach the carpet padding by using a box-cutter. Keep the surface carpet elevated when removing the padding underneath. Put the new carpet padding in, and lay the carpet back down starting form the inside and moving out towards the edges.

  5. Adhere the carpet back down to the tack board with something strong.

  6. Acquire heavy-duty fans to blow directly onto the carpet for about 30 hours minimum. Use a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.

If the carpet doesn’t seem to be getting dryer after about 12 hours, you will probably need to replace the carpet completely.

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